My selection is "Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night" written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Rick Allen.
Welcome to a night of danger and delight as Sidman explores the plant and animal life that thrive in a nocturnal landscape. This 2011 Newbery Honor book is Sidman at her talented best as she leads the reader through the darkness to discover snail and mushroom, spider and bat and a host of other treasures. The poetry is juxtaposed with insightful commentary to shed a scientific light on her subjects. Rick Allen's linoleum on wood block prints are tinted with delicate color and capture the mood beautifully.
A glossary for less familiar words completes the book.